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Masenko (魔閃光 Masenkō, lit. "Demon's Flash of Light") is an Energy Wave used primarily by Gohan, but it was either taught by or taken from Piccolo.

Overview

The attack is performed by the user placing both hands above the head with the palms facing the target and one hand in front of the other with the fingers going in opposite directions. When the user thrusts their hands forward, they call the name and fire a beam of yellow, white, or orange energy.

Usage

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Piccolo Jr. firing the Masenko at a dog

Piccolo uses this attack for the first time when, as a child, he blasts away Tai's dog who was pursuing him, thereby discovering some of his power.[7] Gohan uses this attack for the first time in response to Nappa killing Piccolo, to no avail.[8] He then uses it many times throughout the Vegeta, Namek, Captain Ginyu, and Frieza Sagas.

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Piccolo firing a Masenko at Frieza

Piccolo uses the technique against Frieza, to no effect. Piccolo also uses it against Cell when helping Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha, shouting "Masenko HA" while firing it.[9] In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Gohan uses Masenko beams to dispatch the Spice Boys. Gohan also uses the Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, and combined with Future Trunks' Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan. During the Z Fighters' battle with 1,000 soldiers in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan uses a Masenko to knock down several soldiers. In Dragon Ball Super, Future Trunks uses the Masenko against Goku Black.

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Pan uses her Masenko against Rage Shenron

Gohan's daughter Pan uses the Masenko in Dragon Ball GT. While possessed by Baby, Gohan uses a Masenko, colored pink due to Baby, against Vegeta.[10]

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Gohan uses a Masenko against Frieza's soldiers

Warrior-type Namekians can use the Masenko in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. They learn this skill at level 10, and the Charged Masenko variation at level 18.

Variations

There are many variations of the Masenko:

  • Combined Masenko: Gohan and Future Trunks merge their separate Masenko attacks into a large, more powerful Masenko wave.
  • Double Masenko: In this variation, Gohan fires two Masenko blasts out of both his hands, pointed at his left and right sides.
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Adult Gohan uses the Explosive Madan

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Future Gohan charges a Masenko

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King Piccolo's Multiple Masenko in Extreme Butōden

Video Game Appearances

The Masenko and its variations appear in various Dragon Ball video games usually as one of Gohan's signature techniques, though they are occasionally used by other characters such as Future Trunks and the Future Warrior.

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Piccolo using the Masenko in Extreme Butōden

In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, it is Future Gohan's Blast 2 in his base form.

In Supersonic Warriors 2, it is called Demon Flash in the game's Super Attack screen.

In Xenoverse, the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Kid Gohan, Teen Gohan, and Adult Gohan. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 09: "Saiyan Pride". In the game, pressing the control stick away from the opponent at the same time the move is performed will cause the user to perform a back jump before firing it allowing them to gain some distance from the opponent before attacking.

"Fires a Ki Blast straight forward. If Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards."
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Tutorial description

In Xenoverse 2 the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Gohan (Kid, Teen, & Adult). The Future Warrior can learn this skill by completing School Quest: Lesson 2 of Kid Gohan's Training. If the Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards.

Character meaning

  • 魔 (Ma) = Demon / evil / devil
  • 閃 (Sen) = Flash
  • 光 (Kō) = Light
  • 閃光 (Senkō) = A flash of light / glint

Trivia

  • In the various dubs of the series, the technique is incorrectly named several times.

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